Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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In this case, what was intended as a renovation ultimately turned into an entirely new house. "The site is really beautiful, but the house was in a pre- carious position so close to the shore," Viola explains. Located between Mecox Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the orig- inal house had the best of both views, and the worst exposure to storms. "We started working on the renovation about six years ago, and then we were hit with Hurricane Sandy. The house didn't take a beating, but it gave the owners pause. It made them think they should move it back a bit. In speaking with code officials, we learned that if we made the project fully FEMA-compliant and energy-compliant, they would let us build new." The catch was, the house had to stay the same sizeā€”no added square footage, no wished-for basement. Still, there was the opportunity to get the 2,400-square-foot house just right. The biggest challenge was to strike the best balance of privacy from immediate neighbors and exposure to the gor- geous views at the front and back and the clients' vibrant network of nearby friends. Complicating the task was that the clients also wanted five bedrooms, so carving out that one spacious great room everyone wanted was a game of inches. Viola's solution was to keep the bedrooms as small as possible. "A lot of what we do out here has nothing to do with spending time in a great big, beautiful bedroom. It's about engaging with outdoors as much as possible," she explains. "It's about the house being a perch that you can use to access Clockwise from far left: The house shields itself from neighbors with careful fenestration and screens. The entry door is to the side, but a street-facing sliding-glass door turns the great room into a de facto front porch. 42 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 DESIGN LAB PRIVATE OASIS

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